Applicants for a residence permit for students must adhere to the deadlines for submitting applications for each semester, ensuring that all supporting documentation is included. Applications received by the deadline are given priority handling and effort made to grant permits in time for start of the semester. If the application is received late, or if documents are missing/not complete, granting of permit before semester starts cannot be guaranteed.
Application and all supporting documents must be received by the Directorate no later than July 1st, in order to grant the permit before fall semester starts.
Residence permits for most students are granted for six months, or one semester at a time. Permits for doctorate students are issued for one year at a time. It is the applicant’s responsibility to apply for a renewal of the permit at least four weeks before it expires.
Application must be submitted before the applicant arrives in Iceland. If the applicant comes to Iceland as a tourist before the application is approved, processing of the application will be halted and a permit will not be issued. If the applicant is in Iceland, but wants to be granted a residence permit, he/she must leave the country. Visas for travelling to Iceland (if applicable) will not be issued until a permit is granted.